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  • Paris, February 2018 – PIASA’s first auction of Scandinavian Design in 2018, on February 15, yielded a total of €2.1 million. This new sale devoted to the Nordic creativity, replete with big-name masterpieces, confirms PIASA as leaders on the Design market.

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RÉSULTS FROM THE 20TH APRIL 2017 AUCTION, PARIS l ORIGINS AND TRAJECTORIES l World Record Price for a work on paper by William Kentridge

PIASA have been focusing on Africa’s artistic scene for the last three years by staging specialist themed sales. The hundred or so works on offer this time out, dating from the early 20th century to the present day, prompted fierce bidding in the saleroom, over the phone and by internet. Artists from both the diaspora and a number of African countries were represented.


Record Price for a Political Yet Poetic Drawing by William Kentridge

After a lengthy bidding war, a work by William Kentridge sold in the room for €405,000 (est. €80,000-120,000), the sale’s top price. It came from his Heads series and was shown at the exhibition Visibles/Invisibles, l’Afrique urbaine et ses marges held at the Blachère Foundation in Apt in 2015. This monumental gouache is characteristic of Kentridge’s work and his research into the fragmentation of time and action as he traces, partly effaces then reworks his support: a repetitive process whereby the present replaces the past which, however, never totally disappears. In this work Kentridge stresses the production process as much as the end product.


« The works selected for the sale offered great diversity in terms of period, price-range and artists’ origins, and appealed to collectors with equally varied profiles. Many lots prompted interest from European collectors, but there was also keen bidding from the United States and numerous African countries. »


commented Christophe Person, Director of Development & Strategy and Head of Sales of African Contemporary Art at PIASA.